One of the highlights of the Red Sox yearbook is a list of individual preferences. Jim Rice listed his favorite book as Golf Digest. Marty Barrett's favorite song is the national anthem. Dwight Evans's greatest achievement is "driving a car in Boston for 13� years without a dent." One player listed his favorite book as A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens.
The Dickens enthusiast?
Oil Can Boyd.
When the Indians unveiled their new visitors' on-deck circle kneeling mat, which lists all opposing teams, they discovered they had spelled the Seattle club as "Meriners." In addition, pitcher Jamie Easterly's name was spelled "Easterley" on his home uniform. He realized it on April 15. He had been wearing the shirt since April 11.
?In the Padres' first 11 games, their leadoff hitters did not score a run. Rookie second baseman Bip Roberts was 0 for 14 and didn't get a ball out of the infield until his 14th at bat. The leadoff hitters were 4 for 14 stealing bases.
?The Royals and Cardinals may have met in the World Series, but the only books that have come out on them are quickie paperbacks from Contemporary Books of Chicago. The Mets and Yankees each finished second, but hitting the bookstores to open the season were hardcovers on Dave Johnson, Keith Hernandez, Lou Piniella, Phil Niekro and the first 24 years of the Mets.
?On March 28, the Yankees traded Don Baylor to Boston and released Phil Niekro. On April 17, Niekro pitched seven scoreless innings to beat the Yankees in his Indian debut, and Baylor hit an eighth-inning grand-slam homer to give the Red Sox a 6-2 victory over Kansas City.
?As bizarre as it may seem, the Dodgers have lost 47 of Fernando Valenzuela's last 93 starts.